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Crane crash chairman ignored Emir of Makkah's prior warning

The Emir of Makkah previously instructed Bakr Binladin to ensure the safety of tower cranes

Crane crash chairman ignored Emir of Makkah's prior warning
Saudi Prince Khaled al-Faisal bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, governor of Mecca. (Getty Images)

The Emir of Makkah had warned the chairman of the Saudi Bin Ladin Group about the safety of his equipment 11 days before one of its cranes crashed into the Grand Mosque, local media has reported.

Prince Khaled Al Faisal, Emir of Makkah and advisor to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Rule of Saudi Arabia King Salman, had instructed Bakr Binladin to ensure the safety of his construction company’s tower cranes less than two weeks before the fatal crash, said newspaper Makkah Daily.

The Emir, also chairman of the Central Hajj Committee, is reported to have told the group to take all necessary safety and security measures at the Grand Mosque expansion project site.

Among his orders were the relocation of cranes from pedestrian areas, facilitation of the use of areas where construction works were finished, and prevention of pilgrims’ entry to the construction site using close monitoring and security guards.

The Accident Investigation Committee (AIC), which investigated the crash, found the project contractor had ignored a number of messages from concerned agencies to review the condition of the cranes.

The AIC concluded that strong winds, combined with a violation of safety standards over the positioning of the crane, were the main cause of the tragedy.

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